Prepare to Weather the Storm
Stay safe by preparing for severe weather and other OG&E power outage situations.
It pays to be prepared for storms. Storms can surprise us with their severity, and you don't want to be caught without essential supplies, or be rushed to prepare at the last minute.
We suggest keeping the following items on hand all the time for emergency situations. They'll make things easier for you until we can get your power back up.
- Flashlights and fresh batteries, candles or other illumination
- Battery-powered radio and/or television for news updates
- Battery-powered or wind-up clock
- Emergency telephone numbers
- Corded telephone (cordless phones won't work when the power is out)
Given specific circumstances, outages often raise dangers you don’t expect. Please be aware of the following suggestions to prepare for the worst:
- Always stay away from power lines. They could be live.
- If a person or object is in contact with a power line, don’t touch the person, object or the power line - the electric current could flow through you. Call 911 instead.
- If your vehicle is in contact with a power line, stay inside the car. Warn others not to touch the car or the power line.
- If you must leave your vehicle, jump clear to avoid being in contact with the car and the ground at the same time.
- During the day, open your curtains and blinds to let the sun warm the space.
- At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss.
- Place heaters on a hard, non-combustible surface.
- If the indoor temperature drops to 55 degrees F, open faucets slightly so they drip to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Never use a gas range or charcoal for indoor heating.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for proper use of a portable generator.
- Operate the generator outdoors to avoid deadly fumes.
- Plug appliances directly into the portable generator or have it properly attached to your home’s wiring by a qualified electrician.
- Never connect a portable generator to your home’s main electrical panel or plug it into an electrical outlet.
- Close drapes and blinds on the sunny side of your home.
- During the day, go to an air conditioned building such as a shopping mall.
- Drink plenty of cool liquids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Eat light. Opt for foods high in water content such as fruits, salads and soups.
- Take baths and showers to stay cool. Water conducts heat away from the body.
Preparing for the Storm
Learn how to prepare for a power outage and stay safe.